Simon Heffer on Richard Evans Pursuit of Power: oh dear

Simon Heffer on Richard J. Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 (Penguin History of Europe), to paraphrase him, falls well below [the Speccie's] normal standards of copy-editing: And there are factual errors which in their range also help illustrate the scope of the book: there was no such person as Lord George Macartney; Gorz […] 1 comment, inc Tom: Ahem, the Catalan sea, surely? (I've honestly seen it called that, ha!). Heffer is clearly no sailor

Viktor Orbán 0, Shakespeare 1

Mr Fido, who compensates for a distinct lack of charm with cunning a-plenty, has an important piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Called "Are you against peace?", the customary response of Communist officialdom during the Soviet era and of EU officialdom now to awkward questions, he says that we should be worrying rather less about the […]

One more liberal cosmopolitan for Brexit

I agree with Jeremy and TSE that the problem's not going to go away either way. But, apart from the anti-democratic nature of the project, I'm voting out because, while the EU has lowered costs and raised revenues for the Guardian-reading, property-owning classes (I'm particularly thinking of free movement of people in the form of […] 3 comments, inc trebots: http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2016/06/22/tissue-price-on-why-he-thinks-that-br

Gorging Jack and Little Billee

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The case for the defence.

1,653 piano rolls online at the Spanish National Library

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Audio and scans, but no MIDI.

Saxon revolt?

Many old-style hardware shops in London have a reputation for poor customer service (an example). I wonder if they have struggled because the DIY-ers had no idea what they were looking for, and because the Slav professionals who have replaced them since 2004 have no idea what it is called. But they are usually fine […]

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

Unbreakable reads

Recent book recommendations

More bollocks

Visitors booked

  • Brer Rabid: "pseudo-historic revisionism, ... pack of lies and bullshit, ... Catalanophobe resentment of Spanish nationalism (past and present) apologist"
  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"

Shorts

Gorging Jack and Little Billee

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The case for the defence.

Will Kemp Morris-danced from London to Norwich

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But unfortunately he probably won't figure in the results of my historical explorations into English popular song.

Barcelona, on this day

Toppo